Having problems with your Gateway PC Laptops ?

DC power inside computer will not charge battery.

\015 When I plug in the adapter cable it will not charge. If you wiggle the cable it will charge for a second or two. How do I get to the dc power plug inside the laptop to see if it is still connected to the motherboard? Can I just reattach the connector?\015

Answers :

Most likely, the DC jack on your laptop has broken either a solder joint or one of the leads the connect it to the motherboard. Unfortunately, it's a common thing on some laptops due to the stress the DC jack sees during use (getting banged around, yanked out, bumped, etc). If you're lucky, there are instructions online on how to disassemble your particular model of laptop to the point of reaching the DC jack, but you should be very comfortable with such an endeavor (and a soldering iron) before attempting it. Otherwise, a local computer repair shop should be able to help you out.
About 99% of the time the DC female adapter is soldered to the motherboard making it near impossible to fix. Getting solder on anything would ruin the motherboard.

It is possible that it is your Power Cord and not the jack on the motherboard. Same problem I had a few weeks go with a clients laptop. You may want to buy a new Power Cord, and try that before you go out and have to get a new motherboard (which can be VERY costly, or even buying a new laptop).

Post the model number of your laptop and I can direct you somewhere to get a good deal on a new power cord.

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